Birdpedia - Australia - Weekly Digest

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Date: Mon, 12 Apr 2010 00:02:32 +0930
The following is a digest of Sightings Reported on Birdpedia for the period 
04/04/2010 to 04/11/2010:

Area: SA

Date: 04/04/2010

Location: Strzelecki Track.  27.2 km`s East of Lyndhurst.

Chestnut-breasted Whiteface (Aphelocephala pectoralis) (1) Small flock seen and 
photographed on mid stratum of hills.  Very obliging and allowed close 
approach. In close proximity to the old mine shaft.

Thick-billed Grasswren (Amytornis textilis) (1) Small family group foraging in 
vegetated gullies at base of hills.

Cinnamon Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma cinnamomeum) (1) Several individuals seen 
well while walking in the hills.

Chirruping Wedgebill (Psophodes cristatus) (1) Many sightings of birds  
foraging in tree lined river courses at base of hills.

Inland Dotterel (Peltohyas australis) (1) Three adult birds seen with chicks 
alongside road in the new green vegetation. Adult birds would also stand in the 
road while the chicks were hiding in the road side scrub.

Little Eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides) (1) A single adult seen well at the Frome 
Creek Crossing.

Rufous Fieldwren (Calamanthus campestris) (1) Individuals were recorded along 
the track at various localities were the roadside vegetation was thick and damp.

The area has received good rains. Many thousands of locusts were evident.

Reported by: Edward Smith on 04/06/2010


Date: 04/05/2010

Location: Lake Gilles Conservation Park,10 km along a dirt track from the 
entrance gate. .

Western Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria griseogularis) (1) A few individuals were 
observed through out the park in suitable habitat.( Dense under- growth)

Reported by: Edward Smith on 04/06/2010


Date: 04/05/2010

Location: Monarto South

Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata) (2) A pair on our birdbath beneath 
some melaleuca shrubs this morning. Bathing vigorously, but I couldn't get a 
good focus on the camera through the flyscreen quickly enough.

Variegated Fairy-wren (Malurus lamberti) (6) Family group with their tinkling 
voice around the house and birdbaths about 0800. Male in non-breeding plumage.

Australian Ringneck (Barnardius zonarius) (2) These parrots are common in our 
area but deserve a mention. We enjoy watching them grazing in front of the 
house, and seeing them at the birdbaths and on the fences. Their bright colors 
still provide amazing camouflage against the backdrop of mallee scrub.

Southern Scrub-robin (Drymodes brunneopygia) (1) These perky birds dart about 
the ground frequently, usually in a pair. They hide in the melaleucas and 
quickly visit our water sources.

Shy Heathwren (Hylacola cauta) (1) Not that shy around us, one was on the 
northern side of the house in an old acacia. They visit the water source 
beneath a very large Grevillia olivacea.

I'm about to set my cat trap, as I saw two large feral cats out walking this 

Also a set of Malleefowl tracks about 50 metres from the house. 

Susanne Dennings at Murray Bridge April 12th 7.00 pm at NRM Centre, Mannum 
Road. Please also see Meetings notice.

For further information phone me on 0427 70 70 44.

Reported by: Rachel Westcott on 04/05/2010


Date: 04/05/2010

Location: Mt Lyndhurst Station - Strezlecki Track

Crimson Chat (Epthianura tricolor) (30+) both males and females in a large flock

Masked Woodswallow (Artamus personatus) (4) mixed in with the Crimson Chats

Orange Chat (Epthianura aurifrons) (7) One male and six females

Cinnamon Quail-thrush (Cinclosoma cinnamomeum) (2) Very flighty, hiding behind 

Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) (100+) Spread right across the station in 
flocks of a dozen through to groups of over 30.

Inland Dotterel (Peltohyas australis) (1) One solitary individual near the road 
north of the station. A number of crimson chats nearby.

The whole area was unusually lush - very different from 2008! The rain came at 
12 noon - poured down. Rain in the desert! 24 species in four hours of birding 
- fantastic!

Reported by: Mike Potter on 04/05/2010


Date: 04/06/2010

Location: Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island

Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) (1) Male Kite was seen near nest which 
had 2 or 3 young. It flew off, as if to take us away from the nest, when we 
approached the nest. Location was 1 km from Penneshaw and less than a km from 

Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia) (1) Small colony, 15-20, on Penneshaw foreshore 
sheltering from wind. They were in the company of 20-30 Masked Lapwings.

Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata) (1) According to Michael Morcombe, 
this bird was a Kangaroo Island , Race "clelandi". Only saw one flying through 
Casuarina trees but had a very distinct deep yellow belly. This bird is endemic 
to KI. It was sighted on a private property 3 km souwest of Penneshaw. Owner 
said there were always a number of the birds around.

Grey Currawong (Strepera versicolor) (1) Again according to Morcombe, the 
sighting was the 'Brown Currawong' Race "halmaturina". It had dark plumage, no 
white in wings and narrow white tail band. It is confined to KI. It was sighted 
on the same property as the Wattlebird and the owner said there were 3 pairs 
always about the property.

Reported by: Nigel Gammon on 04/07/2010


Date: 04/07/2010

Location: Sellicks Beach South

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) (1) Seen flying south from top of cliffs along 
shoreline with prey in its talons

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) (1) Observed flying (Gliding) 
south from top of cliffs but some distance seaward from shoreline-looked like 
an adult bird through binos.

Reported by: Steven Romankus on 04/09/2010


Date: 04/09/2010

Location: Point Sturt/Lake Alexandrina

White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) (1) A single bird in partial 
breeding plumage,with a black back and chest and patchy black/white 
head,feeding with a group of Whiskered and Fairy Terns.

Fairy Tern (Sterna nereis) (32) A large gathering of tern species,consisting of 
32+ Fairy Tern,30 Whiskered Tern,13 Crested Tern,3 Caspian Tern and the 1 
White-winged Black Tern mentioned above,resting together on the sandbar to the 
north of the point,and foraging out over the lake.

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (280) At least 280 individuals,about 
half of which are in full breeding plumage,feeding around the edges of the 
rapidly-rising lake.There was also around 100 Red Necked Stints and 3 
Double-banded Plovers in the vicinity.

Reported by: Nathaniel Doecke on 04/09/2010


Date: 04/11/2010

Location: Hahndorf-Littlehampton

Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) (2) Two soaring low over wooded hills just 
north of the Hahndorf-Littlehampton Road, about 0.5km west of the Mt Barker 

Reported by: David Cox on 04/11/2010


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